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Occupations
November 10th, 2008 by Steve Thorpe

Occupations

Gardening Occupation Student

Montessori adolescent programs provide a project-based approach to education that puts students in charge of their environment, taking on occupation such as gardening, bee keeping, and food preparation, as well giving then tools for economic independence through the microeconomy. As they take on adult-like roles and responsibilities within the various areas of the program, they learn the science, math, and practical skills necessary for them to become as progressively more independent in their ventures. They learn how to view an occupation mathematically by taking measurement, collecting date, and tracking change.

They learn the science behind their occupation, whether it be the physiology of the plants in the garden, the molecular properties of beeswax, honey, or a bee sting, they are learning chemistry, biology, and physics. They read about and discuss social or historical issues related to this occupation, all while taking responsibility for something in the real world such as gardens, bee keeping, or food preparation.

This page links to specific occupation pages which contain downloadable documents for you to use when creating or enhancing your own occupations. I encourage everyone to carefully document your occupations and share your frameworks so that they can be available to other Montessorians working to develop their own adolescent programs.

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